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 THE PROJECT 

WHAT IS ONE CELL?

ONE CELL is a battery collection and recycling program for schools. It is the only solution that makes it convenient for people to recycle their old, alkaline batteries that are stuck in their homes and get disposed incorrectly. The participating schools will get specially designed ONE CELL collection envelopes for their students to take home and fill them up with used batteries. Collected batteries are then taken to the nearest recycling center and then sent onto treatment facilities for 100% recycling.

WHY DO WE NEED ONE CELL?

In 2006, a law was passed that all single use, alkaline batteries in California must be recycled. Battery recycling may just be one of the most important forms of recycling you use to keep the environment healthy. Because almost all batteries are made with a combination of heavy metals and toxic chemicals that can leak into the environment, including the groundwater, around landfills, dealing with battery disposal in a responsible way is absolutely essential. Today, you can recycle batteries at the local recycling center at a cost of $0.63/lbs. of batteries. “More than five billion industrial and household batteries were sold in the US in 2012,” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, most people don’t visit their recycling center to dispose batteries, rather old batteries in toys and other electronics are often disposed in the general garbage. According to informinc.org, “Americans throw out approximately 179,000 tons of batteries a year, of which about 14,000 tons are rechargeable. Because batteries disposed of in municipal landfills and trash incinerators can disperse significant amounts of heavy metals and other toxic substances into the air and water, battery waste prevention and recycling strategies are essential.” Therefore day by day there are more toxins in the Earth leading to an unhealthy, chemically filled planet.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

ONE CELL will collect batteries during Earth Week. The San Diego Unified School District supports multiple activities related to earth week, and ONE CELL will be one of them. The participating schools will receive the specially designed and printed ONE CELL envelopes 2 weeks before the week of collection. A collection bin will be setup at each of the participating schools, where the students will drop off the envelopes during Earth Week. The collection bins will be collected from each of the schools the week after Earth Week for recycling the collected batteries. For more info, watch his recent TED Talk! http://bit.ly/2ebnuSJ

FUTURE PLANS FOR ONE CELL

ONE CELL will collect batteries during Earth Week in April 2020. The San Diego Unified School District supports multiple activities related to earth week, and ONE CELL will be one of them. The participating schools will receive the specially designed and printed ONE CELL envelopes 2 weeks before the week of collection. A collection bin will be setup at each of the participating schools, where the students will drop off the envelopes during Earth Week. The collection bins will be collected from each of the schools the week after Earth Week for recycling the collected batteries.